Romeo and Juliet | various locations | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Emma Ladji and Nate Santana

Emma Ladji and Nate Santana

Liz Lauren

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 27 2017
Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings the Bard's tale of star-crossed lovers to 18 neighborhood parks for 25 free performances. Utilizing headsets to help amplify dialogue to the farthest outskirts of the lawn, staging that frequently has cast members circulating through the lounging crowd, and drawing on contemporary dance music, this production does a lot to bridge the centuries-long gap between this immortal text and contemporary Chicago picnickers. The temporary stage, which makes a rather feeble attempt to evoke 13th-century Verona, and the actors' period garb seem unnecessary distractions in this otherwise stripped-down staging. But just letting these beautiful words ring out in the summer air for thousands of our city's citizens to hear—perhaps for the first time—is an invaluable service. Marti Lyons adapted and directed. —Dmitry Samarov

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